3rd Battalion - 115th Field Artillery Regiment
The 3-115th Field Artillery Battalion is part of the Tennessee Army National Guard. It serves a dual purpose. Under state command, the Brigade may be used to provide assistance and support during natural disasters or quell civil disturbances. As a result, the Brigade must train to meet both Federal and State training requirements.
When Tennessee's largest National Guard combat force, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, moved to the National Training Center in June 2002, soldiers from Memphis' 3-115 Field Artillery Battalion provided artillery support. Along with more than 2,500 support troops from Tennessee and 14 other states, the 5,000 soldiers of the 278th and the 3-115th travelled to the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA for three weeks of intense training and evaluation. The National Training Center offers the most realistic combat training scenario in the world, and is the premier training center for the United States Army.
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 115th Field Artillery Battalion, Tennessee National Guard on 27 Dec 1951. It was redesignated for the 115th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, Tennessee National Guard on 30 Jun 1955. On 13 Oct 1960 it was redesignated for the 115th Artillery, Tennessee National Guard. The insignia was redesignated for the 115th Artillery, Tennessee Army National Guard on 28 Jul 1972. A chevron symbolizes support, the chief mission of Artillery and the pale signifies strength; together they indicate "support with strength". The red division of the shield represents the batteries of the Battalion and alludes to "fire power". The yellow divisions symbolize the three periods of combat services of the unit. The castle from the Spanish flag represents Manila and is for the Philippine Insurrection. The Infantry color, blue, is used to denote the unit was originally constituted as Infantry and served as such in the campaign. Blue and red are the colors of the Philippine Insurrection ribbon. The two fleurs-de-lis represent service in Europe during World War I and World War II and are red to indicate Artillery.
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